What and where is it?
This landmark arts center will be a place devoted to live performance, exhibits, gatherings, celebrations, work and creativity. Using the working name New Juneau Arts and Culture Center (New JACC), the new venue will replace the existing Juneau Arts and Culture Center (JACC) venue and provide theater and gallery space, meeting rooms, offices for arts and cultural groups, as well as a café. Near the Walter Soboleff Center, the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall and the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff Library, Archives, and Museum building, it will house the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council (the Arts Council), Juneau Jazz and Classics, and be a hub for art of all genres in Juneau.
The New Juneau Arts and Culture Center will be:
- Inclusive – Welcoming and accessible to all artists, arts and cultural organizations, residents and those visiting our community.
- Sustainable – Economically viable and culturally successful for generations.
- Collaborative – Fostering community connections and inspiring artistic collaborations and creative cross-pollination, complementing other cultural arts ‘anchors’ while standing uniquely on its own.
- Modern, inviting, and ‘Alaskan’ – Approachable and comfortable; complementing the people, culture, location, and climate of the community, while hosting world class touring performances, community and educational events, workshops and celebrations.
- Functional – Meeting the intended needs of each space and complementary with other uses.
Who pays for it?
The Partnership Board is charged with raising the funds necessary to construct the New JACC. Once built, the facility will be owned and operated by the Arts Council on land leased from the city, similar to the arrangements for the Dimond Park Field House and Zach Gordon Youth Center. Operating costs will be covered through ticket sales, rental fees, educational programming, concessions, and fundraising.
The new venue is currently in the pre-development and fundraising phase. Information has been gathered from the community and analyzed. More community involvement is occurring as design evolves. Once the project begins construction we plan to celebrate at a grand opening 18 months to 2 years later.
The report was prepared by The McDowell Group and updated again in 2019. You can read the full report here.
The New Juneau Arts and Culture Center team,
Executive Director, New JACC